Quarter Turn Pneumatic / Electric Valve Actuation

Pneumatic and electric actuators can be easily fitted on our ball, multi-port, and butterfly valves.

  • Corrosion resistant aluminum bodies
  • Pre-loaded springs
  • Adjustable cams

 

Automation is an ideal solution for precise control of many valves in a system, when valves are remotely located, or when the process requires constant monitoring and adjustment.

Pneumatic and electric actuators can be easily fitted on our ball, multi-port, and butterfly valves. Some features and functions include normally closed, normally open, or double-acting operation; corrosion resistant aluminum bodies, pre-loaded springs, and adjustable cams. Many accessories such as visual position indicators, limit switches, 3 and 4-way solenoids, and positioners are also available.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The three basic control functions available through quarter turn automation are: 

  1. Double Acting

This requires external power for each stroke. For example, power to open the valve, then power to close the valve.

  1. Normally Closed

Also referred to as “fail safe closed”, the default position is closed and the actuator requires power to open the valve.

  1. Normally Open

Also referred to as “fail safe open”, the default position is open and the actuator requires power to close the valve.

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PNEUMATIC ACTUATORS OVERVIEW

Pneumatic actuators are the most common choice for quarter turn plastic valves in process applications. Compressed air systems are readily available in any plant, and the cost of the actuator itself is generally lower than that of an electric unit with a comparable torque output. Typical quarter turn automation seldom requires positioning (something achieved more easily with an electric actuator), therefore the cycle life of a pneumatic unit will be substantially greater, and will be intrinsically safer than an electric actuator in volatile environments. While there are many different kinds of pneumatic actuators, a rack and pinion style is the preferred choice within the plastic piping industry. This type of actuator is quite tough and rugged, and has a high cycle life. They generally have a compact, simple construction, and certain models can be quite light in weight. The design also allows the same basic actuator to be used as a double acting or (with minor additions) a spring return unit.

ELECTRICAL ACTUATORS OVERVIEW

Although slightly more expensive than pneumatics, electric actuators have certain desirable benefits. They are the preferred choice when cycle time is an issue, as a quick closing pneumatically actuated valve could cause a damaging pressure surge condition (water hammer). The use of an electric actuator may also be preferred when the distance from the power source is considerable. The friction losses in long runs of compressed air line may result in reduced efficiency and/or additional compressor stations. In addition, electric actuators are the preferred (if not the only) choice when a quarterturn valve like a multi-port is used. In

this case, it is possible that the travel required is not just 0° to 90°

but 0° to 90° to 180°. A rack and pinion actuator would need four separate pistons and a multiplicity of related air chambers, whereas this is easily accomplished with an electric unit. Most electric actuators have a cam/limit switch arrangement which allows the unit to be set up for a variety of rotations. The two standard limit switches can be used to provide a remote location with an open or closed signal. A multitude of voltages both for AC and DC current are also typically available.

SPECIFICATIONS

Pneumatic and electric actuators can be easily fitted on our ball, multi-port, and butterfly valves. Some features and functions include normally closed, normally open, or double-acting operation; corrosion resistant aluminum bodies, pre-loaded springs, and adjustable cams. Many accessories such as visual position indicators, limit switches, 3 and 4-way solenoids, and positioners are also available.